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From the Department Head 

November, 1987, No. 1, 1987-88 series 

This issue describes a variety of events and 
activities from the summer and beginning of the fall 
semester. We hope you will find these items of interest 
and will also let us know subjects of your preference for 
future newsletters. 

The Annual Summer Meeting of ASAE at Balti- 
more was filled with significant events for our students. 
The University of Illinois ASAE Student Engineering 
Branch and the ASAE Student Mechanization Branch 
(known as the lllini Ag Mech Club) both won first place in 
the national FIEI competition. This was the first time both 
clubs have placed first nationally in the same year. Their 
pictures are featured below. In addition, the University of 
Illinois clubs won first and second in the Micro-Mini 
Tractor Pull contest with the Ag Mech club edging out the 

The undergraduate enrollment is continuing a 
trend of slow decline. The mix is also changing with more 
students entering the five-year program and fewer enter- 
ing the four-year engineering program. The present 
counts are about 90 engineers and 25 agricultural mecha- 
nization majors. We will continue to try to strengthen these 
numbers but we have to do it by increasing our "market 
share" since there is an undergraduate enrollment cap on 
the University and in each college. Graduate student en- 

Those attending the National ASAE summer meeting were: Dr. 
Benson, Shawn Colgan, Dr. Pershing, Richard Gould, Joe 
Bonwell, Troy Hobick, Doug Awe, Dr. Pearson). They placed 
first in the FIEI Report competition and first in the micro-mini 
tractor pull competition. 

rollment reached a new high of 38 and the Department 
continues to gain strength in several areas. 

Engineering placement in general has become 
more difficult for everyone due to a large decrease in the 
number of companies recruiting on campus. This difficulty 
has affected agricultural engineers too but our placement 
has continued strong relative to other disciplines. Place- 
ment of agricultural mechanization graduates has been 
very good. 

Three search committees are at work to fill three 
open positions. Two are for replacements for Dr. Roland 
Espenschied in Agricultural Mechanization and Dr. Wal- 
ter Lembke in Soil and Water, who both retired on August 
31. The third is a position in Food Engineering made 
possible by new funding in Value Added Research to find 
new uses and markets for Illinois commodities. The new 
research program adds strength to the growing Food 
Engineering program. 

As we look ahead we are confident that we will 
have another strong year based on past achievements 
and the known opportunities before us. As always, we 
invite your personal news and welcome your visits and 
your suggestions for our work and programs. 

Roscoe L. Pershing 

lllini Ag Mechanization Club representatives who attended the 
ASAE summer meeting in Baltimore: Dr. Pershing, Eric Kraft, 
Steve Hobson, Tim Aydt, Carl Schaeffer. They placed first in the 
FIEI Report competition and second in the micro-mini tractor pull 

Staff News 

Many members of the Agricultural Engineering 
faculty and staff received blue ribbon awards in the 
American Society of Agricultural Engineers Extension 
Educational Aids competition. 

In the TV Films and Motion Pictures category 
Marvin Paulson and Gene Shove, along with Greer 
Kimmel, Bill Creswell and Lowell HiJI received a ribbon for 
"The Export Quality Challenge." 

Warren Goetsch and Art Muehlincj also won 
a blue ribbon for their production the "Construction 
of Earth Tube Heat Exchangers" 

Carroll Drablos worked with Harry Means of 
SCS on "Maintenance of Drainage Systems in Illinois" 
which received the ribbon in the Slides, Filmstrips and 

Transparencies category. 

Gary Riskowski and Duaine Bundy received 
their blue ribbon in the Periodicals, Newsletters and 
Manuals category for "MWPS-28, Farm Building Wiring 

"Design Principles for Grain Aeration in Flat 
Storage" was the title of William Peterson's winning 
entry in the Circulars and Bulletins category. 

Marvin Paulsen, Gene Shove and S. Gun- 
asekaran were awarded an ASAE Paper Award for their 
entry titled, "A Laser Optical Method for Detecting Corn 
Kernal Defects," and Carroll Goering, along with R. A. 
Niehaus, L. D. Savage, and S. C. Sorensen were awarded 
an Honorable Mention from ASAE for their paper, 
"Cracked Soybean Oil as a Fuel for a Diesel Engine. 

Roland Espenschied and Walt Lembke were 
honored September 18 with a retirement party at the 
Chancellor Inn. Espy received a complete Nikon camera 
set and Walt received a Craftsman table saw. The event 
was enjoyed by about 150 people who attended. 

Bob Aherin has completed the requirement? of 
the Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota which 
changes his appointment status to assistant 

Loren Bode left in August for a nine montn 
sabbatical at Texas A&M. He will be working with Fred 
Bouse, USDA, ARS, on the use of particle measurement 
system laser for spray droplet size and image analyzing 
techniques for pesticide coverage on plants. 

John Hummel has received a promotion to pro- 
fessor which became effective in August. 

Georgianna Noel's husband, Don, died at 
Mercy Hospital in early August. He had Adult Respiratory 
Distress Syndrome following heart bypass surgery six 
woeks earlier. 

Errol Rodda has returned to the Agricultural 
Engineering staff after '.ponding two years as Chief of 
Party for the University of Illinois TIPAN Project at the 
Agricultural University, Northwest Frontier Province, 
Peshawar, PAKISTAN. He has rejoined the Electric 
Power and Processing staff and is teaching Ag Engineer- 
ing 100 ttn', semester 

Marvin Paulsen traveled to the Peoples Repub- 
lic of China from October 10-30 to visit with the Liaoning 
Foreign Affairs Office to determine the effects of harvest- 
ing, drying and storage on corn and soybean quality and 
to collect samples. 

Frank Andrew, Professor Emeritus (B.S. '47), 
was presented the Blackburn College Alumni Achieve- 
ment Award for Significant Achievement in Professional 
and Public Service. Frank is a 1 934 graduate of Blackburn 
College at Carlinville, Illinois. 

FIEI Winners 

The lllini Ag Mech Club and the ASAE Student 
Branch both won 1st place in the National Farm and in- 
dustrial Equipment Institute (FIEI) Competition. 

The outstanding clubs were also winners in the 
tractor pull contest, with Joe Bonwell (Ag Mech) winning 
first place and Eric Kraft (ASAE Student Branch) taking 
second. Kraft was also elected the chairman of next year's 
tractor pulling competition. 

Troy Hobick was elected secretary of the Na- 
tional Council of Student Mechanization Branches and 
Carl Shaffer was elected 2nd vice-president of the Na- 
tional Council of Student Engineering Branches, 
(see pictures on front page) 

C.I.G.R. Meets at Illinois 

The Agricultural Engineering Department hosted 
a successful conference of the Farm Buildings Section 
(Section 2) of the International Society of Agricultural 
Engineering (C.I.G.R.) on June 22-26. 

The theme of the conference was "Latest Devel- 
opments in Livestock Housing." About 40 technical 
papers were presented during two busy days of semi- 

Participants numbered 1 05 with about 30 accom- 
panying persons from 14 countries. Study tours included 
visits to beef, dairy and swine farms and a visit with a farm 
builder. An extra tour on the last day included visits to on- 
going research projects at the University. 

Remarks from Illinois Secretary of Agriculture 
Larry Werries highlighted the banquet. The conference 
proceedings are available in a 417-page document from 

Books donated to the Department 

Henry E. Berns of Piano, Illinois has donated a 
number of books and publications to the Department in 
memory of the late Professor Glen W. McKuen of 
Chebanse, Illinois. Professor McKuen graduated from the 
U of I in 1915, he served with distinction in the Ag 
Engineering Department at the Ohio State University 
where Berns was a 1941 graduate. 

The publications include 12 hard-covered books, 
54 soft-covered books and 3 historical magazines. Most 
of the publications are about engines, machines, and cars 
and some date back as far as 1905. The Department is 
grateful for this worthwhile addition to the Ag Engineering 

Solar Electricity 

Drainage Districts Surveyed 

Ready for a non-polluting power system with no 
moving parts? A demonstration solar generating station 
that fits that description is now in operation at the Coop- 
erative Extension Center in Effingham. 

The Department of Agricultural Engineering was 
awarded the contract by the Illinois Department of Energy 
and Natural Resources (ENR) forthe purpose of showing 
the feasibility of a "residential-scale utility-interactive" 
photovoltaic system in downstate Illinois. On the lawn of 
the Extension Center at Effingham, two arrays of silicon 
solar cells, representing different cell technologies, gen- 
erate two kilowatts each of DC power. A pair of "power 
conditioning systems," or inverters, located in the base- 
ment of the extension center, change the DC power to 
240-volt AC power. Tying the output power directly into 
the building's service entrance (a "utility-interactive" 
connection) allows the solar-generated electricity to dis- 
place upto fourkilowatts of powerthat would otherwise be 
purchased from the power company. The building is 
expected to use all the power generated by the solar 
system; otherwise, any excess power could be sold to the 

Central Illinois Public Service Company, the util- 
ity supplying the extension center, is cooperating with the 
project by supplying some of the metering equipment. 
CI PS representatives are interested in the quality of 
power produced by the system and in how well the solar 
power output follows the utility's local demand. 

Ted Funk, area extension ag engineer housed in 
the Effingham office, serves as the principal investigator 
supervising placement of the solar cell arrays, wiring of 
the system into the building, selecting and creating data 
acquistion equipment, etc. He says all equipment is 
working as advertised, including the automatic "wake-up 
and shut-down" functions of the inverters. Gene Shove, 
project manager, and Larry Pruiett, ag engineering tech- 
nician, assisted in putting together a comprehensive 
monitoring system to collect the operational data. 
Ted and Gene are enthusiastic about this demonstration 
photovoltaic project and welcome inquiries about its per- 
formance. The site will be available for tours and visits. It 
is located north of Effingham on the south side of high- 
ways 1-57 and 1-70. 

Mobil Solar Energy Corporation of Waltham, MA, 
manufactured the 9-module ribbon-cell array; Integrated 
Power Corp. of Rockville, MD supplied the array and 
associated hardware. The polycrystalline-cell array, 
made in Rockville, MD by Solarex Corp. and supplied by 
Sunwize Energy Systems of Chicago, consists of 48 
modules. Inverters were obtained from Delta Electronic 
Controls division of Helionetics, Inc., and Photoelectric 
Inverter, both of CA. 

Warren D. Goetsch, University of Illinois Area 
Extension Engineer, recently completed a six month 
study leave reviewing activities of Drainage Districts in Il- 

Stationed in Springfield, Goetsch's study cen- 
tered on the problems and concerns of Illinois Drainage 
Districts. A survey was conducted contacting 1 64 current 
commissioners throughout the state. The number of pro- 
fessional services retained by districts proved to be sur- 
prising: 87% of the districts retained lawyers, while only 
10% retained engineers and 9% retained land improve- 
ment contractors. The level of district activity was ad- 
dressed by questions regarding the last major district 
cleanout and/or special assessment. Two-thirds of the 
districts surveyed had made a major cleanout during the 
past ten years. 

Commissioners also identified the types of prob- 
lems they encounter managing districts. Landowner 
apathy, opposition from environmentalists, brush control 
and siltation were cited as the most predominate prob- 
lems and concerns of commissioners. 

Another section of the survey looked at the as- 
sessment methods of districts. Commissioners identified 
a proportional rate based on benefit and aflat rate per acre 
as the two most widely used methods of land assessment. 

Two major tasks were identified from the project 
to aid drainage district commissioners in the performance 
of their duties: (1) the development of a continuing 
educational program for commissioners, and (2) the 
development of a method of assessment which is easily 
understood and applied. Suggested solutions for both 
tasks were made which include a model educational 
program outline and the need for a modified assessment 

Ted Funk stands between the Solarex array at the photo- 
voltaic generation system at Effingham, Illinois. 

Alumni News 


Lyle Reeser (B.S. '46) was the recipient of the 
Kishida International Award at the June ASAE meeting in 
Baltimore. This award was in recognition of international 
expertise in tropical agriculture with special emphasis on 
mechanizing sugarcane, rice, corn and soybean produc- 
tion in developing countries. He has devoted all of his 
professional career to international agriculture including 
13 years of residence outside the U.S. Lyle has retired 
after 37 years with Caterpillar, Inc. He is presently working 
on promoting renewable fuels. 

Wendell Bowers (B.S. '48, M.S. '56) visited the 
Department in June. Wendell is retired from Oklahoma 
State University. 

Robert Rowe (B.S. '49) was elected to the grade 
of Fellow at the June ASAE meeting at Baltimore. Bob has 
retired from the U.S. Steel Corp. and lives in Pittsourgh 
where he still does consulting work. 


Erwin Arends (B.S. '60) now works with D.E. 
Roby & Associates, Decatur. He says this is a consulting 
engineering group with emphasis in structural engineer- 
ing, grain processing and materials handling. Don Nixon 
(B.S. '86) also works with Roby & Associates. 

Charles Spillman (B.S. '60, M.S. '63) has de- 
cided to give up the Chairman of the Department and 
return to teaching and research within the Department of 
Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University. 

Earl Reinkensmeyer (B.S. '61) is manager of 
Computer Aided Design for NCR, Microelectrics Division 
at Dayton, OH. He and his wife have two sons, Jeffrey who 
is completing his B.S. in Geology at Ohio State University 
with plans to continue on in Ceramic Engineering and 
David, a senior at MIT in Electrical Engineering who is 
also working part time at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab 
on robot learning. 

John Rosendahl (B.S. '62) is now service man- 
ager for Deutz-Allis Corp. at Milwaukee, Wl. He moved to 
Deutz-Allis when Allis-Chalmers sold its farm equipment 
line in 1 985 He says he is struggling to merge the A-C and 
Deutz-Fahr lines together and to learn German. 

Arthur Greiner (B.S. '63) writes that he is now a 
Colonel in the US Air Force and is the Director of 
Program Planning with the U.S. Atlantic Command, lo- 
cated in Norfolk, VA He and his wife Susan have two 
daughters, Jennifer (19) and Patricia (16). 

David Olson (B.S. '63, MS. '65) is Assistant 
Professor of Engineering at the College of DuPage, 
natural Sciences Division, Glen Ellyn, IL. David and his 
wife Bonnie have two daughters, Julie who received her 

B.S. and is working on a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology at'86atUIUCand 
is currently teaching music at Amboy, IL. 

Richard Hook (B.S. '64) returned to the John 
Deere Des Moines Works two years ago where he is 
Senior Division Engineer-Product Engineering. Previ- 
ously he had spent more than six years at the John 
Deere Horicon Works at Horicon, Wisconsin. Dick and 
his wife Sandy have two children, Tamara (13) and 
Richie (11). 

John Lloyd (B.S. '64) went on in Civil Engi- 
neering at the Ul and received his M.S. in '65 and his 
Ph.D. in '68. He is presently professor in the School of 
Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. His 
wife Heather is reference librarian at the OSU library. 

Merrill Pinter (B.S. '67) writes that he is Chief 
Engineer at Kress, Corporation, Brimfield, IL. He and his 
wife Barbara have four children, Scott (19), a freshman 
honors student at Notre Dame, Paula (17), Mark (15) and 
Bradley (13). 

John Tunnell (B.S. "67, M.S. 72) is Problem 
Elimination Coordinator with Teepak, Inc. in Columbia, 
S.C. He writes that he has been with Teepak for eight 
years and is deeply involved with coordinating a push to 
make quality their #1 priority. 

Leland Wolken (B.S. '67, M.S. 68, Ph.D. 71) 
writes that he left General Dynamics in March, 1986, and 
now is Corporate Director, Quality Assurance for Williams 
International at Walled Lake, Ml, where they produce 
small turbine engines primarily for the Cruise Missile 

Roy Mann (B.S. '69, M.S. 71) is currently staff 
engineer, Engine and Systems Engineering for J I Case 
Co. at Hinsdale, IL. He says he is currently responsible for 
engine engineering worldwide for J I Case. He has fin- 
ished an MBA at the University of Winconsin, Madison. 


Donald Tate (B.S. 70, M.S. 71) is President of 
Tate Farm Equipment Inc. in Stewardson, IL. He and his 
wife Sharon have three daughters, Christine (16), Jen- 
nifer (12) and Katherine (5). 

Robert J. Gustafson (B.S. 71, M.S. 73) has 
been appointed to the position of Chairman of the Agricul- 
tural Engineering Department at Ohio State University. 

Allen Rider (Ph.D. 73) served as the Master of 
Ceremonies for the ASAE Banquet at Baltimore in June. 
He is vice-president of engineering at New Holland, Inc. 

Scott Barclay (B.S. 74) is farming with his 
brother. They operate about 1 ,000 acres of row crops and 
raise 3.000 hogs a year in a farrow-to-finish operation. 

Alumni News Cont. 

Norm Wettstein (B.S. 74) is president of N.D. 
Wettstein Corp., a manufacturer's representative with his 
primary client being Aerovent Fan and Equipment Co. He 
lives at Goodfield, IL. He and his wife Terry have three 
daughters, Terry (12), Katie (10) and Nicole(4 ). 

Robert Sweedler (B.S. Ag Mech 75) reports that 
he is president of Charlmar Acres, Inc. at Elwood, IL 
where he manages and operates 1 ,800 acres of land and 
is a commercial pilot. 


Randy Pound (B.S. '82) is process engineer, 
Coated Technical Group for Champion International 
Corporation at Courtland, Alabama. He and his wife 
Marjorie live in Decatur, AL. 

Paul Horcher (B.S. Ag Mech '83) writes that he 
is now manager and share holder with R-Unique Hol- 
steins Inc. at Hampshire, IL. R-Unique had the 1986 
Illinois State Fair Grand Champion and the Indiana State 
Fair Grand Champion Holstein. 

Kreg Gruben (B.S. '85) is now a doctoral candi- 
date in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins Univer- 
sity School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. 

Randy Hartwig (B.S. '85) is a research assistant 
in the Agricultural Engineering Department at Iowa State 
University. He says he is still working part time on his M.S. 

Daniel Williams (B.S. '85, M.S. "87) is now proj- 
ect engineer for Moog Automotive Systems at Stuart, 
Florida. He is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the 
Florida Institute of Technology. 

Craig Fink (B.S. '86) is working for the Logan 
County Highway Department as a civil engineering tech- 
nician. His work consists largely of bridge design and 

Sound Control in AESB 

Before the Agricultural Engineering Sciences 
Building was accepted from the contractor, it was noted 
that there was a need for better sound control in some 
areas. Money was set aside by the Illinois Capitol Devel- 
opment Board from the project funds while a study was 
made of how to cure some of the problems. Work began 
in early September to install accoustical ceilings in third 
floor offices both to absorb sound and to reduce its 
transmission to adjacent offices. 

The electrical switch gear room on second floor 
will be sound proofed to help conditions in a first floor 
teaching laboratory and a compressor in the mechanical 
room on second floor will have its mounting improved to 
reduce vibration and noise that stops classes in a few 
teaching labs on that floor and tends to lift professors out 
of their chairs on the third floor. The building has been 
occupied for almost four years now and a surprising 
number of adaptions have already been necessary to 
accomodate new and different programs. 

Remodeling of Room 217 

The remodeling of Room 217 into a Reading/ 
Meeting room is progressing well. The sprinkler system 
has been modified, air conditioning ducts extended, car- 
peting has been layed, beams to support the room divider 
track are in place and the wiring and light fixtures have 
been changed to accomodate a drop ceiling. 

Finishing the ceiling around the room divider is 
scheduled to be completed by the end of September and 
the kitchen will be finished when the sink cabinet that 
matches the existing cabinets arrives. The room could not 
be used the first week of school but tables and chairs are 
being moved in and out as necessary so faculty and 
students can use the space until the project is complete. 

All of the work is being paid from gift funds. The 
students and faculty thank those who have contributed 
and would like to remind everyone that there is still not 
enough money to replace the folding tables and steel 
chairs that now furnish the room. Improvements to other 
parts of the building also await funds. Thank you for 
considering our needs. 

ASAE Central Section Meeting 

The Central Illinois Section of ASAE met at the 
Agricultural Engineering Department on Saturday, Octo- 
ber 18. The featured speaker was Robert Lanphier, 
president of Dickey John Corporation, located in Auburn, 
Illinois. Those attending enjoyed his challenging speech. 

Ed Hansen, Professor Emeritus, received a pin 
and certificate as recognition for 50 years as an ASAE 


Otto E. Johnson of Canton, Illinois (B.S. "43) and 
Frank Andrew, Professor Emeritus (B.S. *47), received 
recognition for 40 years as an ASAE member. 

Mark Ulrich, of Eureka, Illinois, was named the 
top sophomore agricultural engineering student last year 
at the U of I and the Central Illinois Section of ASAE 
provided him with a handbook of his choice, which was the 
Mechanical Engineers Handbook. A junior majoring in the 
Power and Machinery area, Mark graduated from 
Roanoke-Benson High School in Roanoke, Illinois. 

New officers elected were Jim Evans (SCS in 
Champaign), chairman; Jerry Christensen (Morton Build- 
ings of Morton, IL), vice-chairman, programs; Les Chris- 
tianson (U of I), vice-chairman, membership; and Bruce 
Litchfield (U of I), secretary-treasurer. 

After the official meeting, Ag Engineering Depart- 
ment staff members demonstrated two research projects, 
the ethanol fumigated tractor and the corn image ana- 

The enjoyable afternoon was spent visiting at the 
first College of Engineering Tent Party and the Illinois- 
Wisconsin football game. 

Dr. Les Christianson holds the display sign up to the newly built 
Fan Test Chamber. It was funded by Chicago Climate Systems 
and built by students. 

Graduate Students 

The Agricultural Engineering Department has a 
record numberof graduate students this semester. Thirty- 
eight are working toward an advanced degree in Ag En- 
gineering. Below is a listing of the new Fall '87 graduate 

Tsen-Yuang Chang - B.S. Feng Chai University, 
Tiawan; M.S. Civil Engineering, Ul; working on M.S. in 
soil and water. 

Ann Kenimer - B.S. and M.S. in Ag Engineering, 
VPI; working on Ph.D. in soil and water. 

Day-Lin Liu - M.S. from National Taiwan Univ., 
Taiwan; working on M.S. in soil and water. 

Huaipu Song - B.S. and M.S. Jinlin University, 
China; studied at Iowa State University ; working on Ph.D. 
in the value- added area. 

Kenneth Tarbell - B.S. and M.S. VPI; JBT award 
recipient working on Ph.D. in power and machinery. 

Jainshun Zhang - B.S. and M.S. Beijing Univer- 
sity, China; visiting scholar at U of Minnesota; working on 
Ph D. in structures and environment. 

In addition, we have four students finishing MS. 
degrees with us and starting Ph.D. programs: 

Stuart Birrell - B.S. Univ. of Natal, South Africa; 
working on Ph D. in power and machinery. 

Bill Casady Quincy, working on Ph.D. in the 
electric power and processing area. 

Mike Glngerich Bourbonnais, accepted a 
teac 1 'on ,it Olivet Nazerene College at Kankakee 

but will bo working part time on a Ph.D. in soil and water. 

Rod Korthals - B.S South Dakota St. Univ.; 
working on a Ph D in structures and environment. 

Aggas Toghlani-Pozveh immigrant from Iran, 
'A University; M.S. South Dakota St.; work- 
ing on Ph D in soil and water. 


Industry Supports Fan Research 

As government support of university research 
funding diminishes, university researchers are cooperat- 
ing more with industry on research projects. One example 
of this cooperative effort is the fan test chamber being 
constructed at the Agricultural Engineering Department. 

The funding for the project was provided by 
Chicago Climate Systems. Design and management are 
being provided by Dr. Les Christianson and Dr. Gary 
Riskowski. Labor is being provided by agricultural engi- 
neering students. Chicago Climate Systems is a subsidy 
of Chicago Blower Systems and manufactures environ- 
mental control systems for livestock and horticultural 

The fan test chamber will be registered by the Air 
Movement and Control Association (AMCA) and will 
measure airflow performance and fan efficiency. It will be 
capable of testing 1 0,000-30,000 cf m fans with diameters 
up to 4 feet. The chamber will be used to rate commercial 
fans and will greatly increase the interaction between in- 
dustry and university personnel on fan design. Research 
will also be conducted on new fan designs and on the 
effects of wind and fan attachments on fan performance. 

The fan test chamber is one piece of equipment 
in the Bioenvironmental Laboratory being developed. 
This laboratory is not just a room or building, but rather a 
research center that consists of researchers and facilities 
for doing cooperative research with industry. Industry 
benefits from this type of lab by obtaining solutions to 
immediate technological problems and from the direct 
interaction with university personnel. The university also 
benefits from this interaction as well as the research 

Industry can greatly help agricultural engineer- 
ing research efforts by informing the faculty of their needs 
and by supporting engineering or technical projects. 
Simply having statements from people in industry that say 
a certain proposed research project meets one of their 
major needs increases the department's chances of hav- 
ing that project funded, especially if pledges of support in 
the form of money or materials are available. If the 
research is not funded by a government agency, it can still 
be funded by a company or consortium of companies. 

Changes in patterns of government funding of 
research have put people in a new environment. With the 
help received from industry, the Agricultural Engineering 
Department should not only adapt to the changes but 
should end up better because of them. 

"Co-op Corner" 

The ASAE Career Development and Coopera- 
tive Education Committee is publishing a newsletter, the 
"Co-op Corner." This newsletter is designed to be espe- 
cially useful to agricultural engineers who are potential 
employers of co-op students in the industry, and also to 
advisors, department heads and other university faculty. 
For a copy, contact. DR. Hunt, 207 Engineering Hall, 
13^8 W. Green St., Urbana, IL, 61801 

Award winners at the Student-Staff Party: Gregory Wibben, Carl 
Meinhart, Dr. Pershing, Edward Leigh, Kurt Gruben. Mike 
Schilling is missing from the photo. 

JBT Graduate Fellowship 

The College of Agriculture has began a new 
fellowship program for talented young agricultural scien- 
tists to pursue a Ph.D. program. To help fulfill the quest 
to attract the top scientific talent into the college's gradu- 
ate programs, the fellowship is set up so each recipient 
receives an unrestricted stipend of $1 0,000 per academic 
year and is subject to renewal for two additional years, 
provided outstanding progress has been made toward the 
doctoral degree. This program is privately funded through 
endowments and gifts from various individuals and or- 
ganizations. The unrestricted stipend may be augmented 
by Departmental funds to attract the excellent graduates 
desired Kenneth A. Tarbell is one of the eight students ac- 
cepted for this program and he will be working with the De- 
partment of Agricultural Engineering. 
Kenneth, a native of Virginia, received his B.S. in ag 
engineering magna cum laude atVirginia Polytechnic 
Institute in 1 982, and his MS there in 1 983. He specializes 
in the application reliability and statistical methods in 
structural design of wood components. Kenneth has been 
employed by an engineering firm in Dallas, Texas as a 
design engineer and general manager and now plans to 
pursue his doctoral work here at the University in proba- 
bilistic modeling and expert systems development. 

In 1987, the agricultural engineering department 
also had eight new undergraduate students in Ag Engi- 
neering and Ag Mech join the JBT undergraduate schol- 
arship program. This program awards each student a total 
of $2,500 to use over the 4-year program if they maintain 
a 4.3 academic record. 

Purdue Exchange 

About 25 people from the department attended 
the Illinois-Purdue football exchange during the game at 
Purdue, October 10. Those attending enjoyed seven 
research stops set up by the Purdue Agricultural Engi- 
neering Staff. The Purdue staff also provided lunch before 
the participants sat through the wet, cold football game. 

Student-Staff Party 

Many students and staff members turned out for 
the Student-Staff Get Acquainted Party Sunday, Septem- 
ber 13. After introductions and greetings from the 
Deapartment Head and several Deans, there were 
games and food. 

Several undergraduate educational awards were 
presented. Three $300 awards to beginning freshman 
who show promise of assuming a future leadership role in 
the Agricultural Engineering profession were presented 
to Kurt Gruben of Rochelle, Edward Leigh of Avon, and 
Gregory Wibbon of Hartsburg. 

Mike Schilling of Mattoon was awarded $500 as 
the sophomore who had the best record of achievement 
and progress as a freshman. Both the freshman and 
sophomore awards were made available from the E.W. 
Lehmann Scholarship Fund. 

Carl Meinhart, Montrose, was awarded $300 as 
the transfer student who shows the most promise of 
assuming a future leadership roll in the Ag Engineering 
profession. He had attended LakeLand Community Col- 
lege at Mattoon, IL. The transfer student award was made 
available from the F. B. Lanham Memorial Fund. 

Visitors from India 

Dr. S.K. Vyas colaborated with Don Day on large 
scale biogasification systems and Er. M.S. Seekree 
worked with Errol Rodda on energy systems and micro 
computer applications to agriculture. 

Two faculty from the Punjab Agricultural Univer- 
sity (PAU), Ludhiana, India, have spent four to six weeks 
with the Department on a United Nations FAO study 

PAU has a College of Agricultural Engineering 
established in 1965 with departments of Civil, Electrical, 
Mechanical, Farm Power and Machinery, Processing and 
Agricultural Structures and Soil and Water Engineering. 

The College has undergraduate programs in 
Agricultural Engineering and graduate programs in all 
departments. A school of Energy for Agriculture was 
started in 1982 and offers a Ph.D. in energy production in 

Research programs are planned to develop suit- 
able technologies that optimize energy inputs to produc- 
tion agriculture. Graduates will be qualified for joining the 
faculty of agriculture universities and research institutes. 

Dr. Vyas gave a interesting seminar on the 
development of biogas plants in India. He said that the first 
biogas plant was developed in the 1930's, but only since 
the big energy crisis has there been a big emphasis to 
develop many new plants. 

He presented figures showing 20,000 biogas 
plants in India in 1975, 100,000 in 1981 and 800,000 in 
1 987. Their goal is to have 6 million by 1 990, an ambitious 
project for a country that desperately needs the energy. 

U of I Service Awards 

At a recent Department coffee, Dr. Pershing 
presented Don Dodson, Kenny Umbarger and Geor- 
gianna Noel, University of Illinois service awards and 


Kenny Umbarger was awarded a certificate for 
being with the University for 30 years, all of which have 
been spent working on the Agricultural Enginering farm. 
He presently is foreman at the farm and lives in Homer 
with his wife and son. They have three sons and one 

Don Dodson has been with the University for 25 
years and the Agricultural Engineering Department for 
three. He started at Mechanical Engineering and then 
moved to Physics, but spent most of his time with the 
Geology Department. He is listed as an instrument maker 
for the main shop. He has just built a new home south of 

Georgianna Noel has been with the University 
and the Agricultural Engineering Department for 35 
years. She started as a secretary in the Department just 
after graduating from Homer High School in 1952. She 
has served as the Department's head secretary for 30 
years. She lives at Homer Lake with her daughter Stacy. 

This is the first edition of the 1987-88 series of 
the University of Illinois Agricultural Engineering 

Public Relations Committee 

A.J. Muehling, Chairman 
H.P. Bateman 
P.W. Benson 
C.J.W. Drablos 
W.H. Peterson 
G.L. Riskowski 

Lisa Muirheid 

Untversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Agricultural Engineering Department 
1 304 West Pennsylvania Avenue 
Urbana. Ml 61801 

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